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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2012 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH: New matrix of an "under the radar" gem

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-01-11.mtx.mccabe.motb0152.110959.flac16

Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Big River ->
El Paso
Brown Eyed Women
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Sunrise
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Playing In The Band

Encore:
Passenger

I'll let Grendel's review speak to this show:

Subject: As Mr. Spock might say....
...."fascinating."

One of the first shows of 1978, with a fine matrix mix

You can really hear the transition from the silky smoothness and "just exactly perfectness" of 1977 to the rougher-edged and slightly more hard-driving rock and roll sound they took on for most of '78. It's sloppier stuff to be sure, but they also take a lot of chances that pay off, especialy in this show, which seems to be somewhat under the radar.

Highlights here are a seriously gritty LET IT GROW to end the 1st set...Jerry grinds out some nasty solos and the band drives hard behind him...you wonder how they even manage to float into the 2 "gentle" sections before "what shall we say/shall we call it by a name", but they do pull it off.

2nd set is really where it's at with this show. Outstanding run of TERRAPIN>PITB>DRUMS>SPACE>ST STEPHEN (an almost perfect rendition w/only one clunky transition getting back into the "St. Stephen will remain" refrain; but overall excellent version--hard driving and believe it or not really well-belted out, even I daresay by Donna)>NFA>PITB REPRISE.

Also a very cool and different encore selection of PASSENGER.

This show deserves more attention, even if only as a sort of indicator to what 1978 would be for the band: a mixed bag of very aggressive, take-no-prisoners shows that sometimes missed the mark for ragged execution, but more often than not yielded high-energy results and some very memorable moments of greatness.

NOTE: This review was for a previous Matrix, the one linked above is new using a previously unreleased SBD. Sounds pretty damn good to me.

Excellent "Hump Day" (easy Rob, not that kind, put the sheep back in the barn) show.

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Poster: svengun Date: Jan 11, 2012 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

Alright SDH, based on your glowing review, I'll have to give this one a try. It'll be another good excuse to give my new Klipsch in ear headphones a work out.

Svengun

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 11, 2012 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

The night before was pretty cool too,I was there, but man I wish I would have seen this one also .

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Poster: NYLifer Date: Jan 11, 2012 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: New matrix of an 'under the radar' gem

Been listening all morning. In addition to what you wrote, all of which I agree with, also note:

Sage & Spirit during track 2 tuning! Awesome!
Bass and drums during track 21. Sweet!
Just wish it were tracked to start Stephen 20-30 seconds sooner!
Peace,
Bob